Tuesday, 28 January 2014



 I can’t take you straight to the art work. First we need the context: 

Credit Semiconductor, Jerwood Open Forest. Photography this is Tomorrow
                                                                     Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) develop site-specific sculptures using images taken from rich research data collected from the Forestry Commission’s forests and woodlands. This is a photo of a 26m high Flux Tower at Alice Holt Forest and Research Station at Farnham, Surrey, which captures data on the carbon dioxide uptake by the forest from the canopy of trees below. The artists work with a climate change scientist to transform the data into sculpture. Their largescale, colourful works are installed in ways that dynamically interact with their site. Jerwood Space, which you'll find  in Union Street only a few minutes' walk from Tate Modern, has the extra advantage of an excellent light airy cafe.

Semiconductor, Jerwood Open Forest. Photography This is Tomorrow.

Semiconductor, Jerwood Open Forest. Photography This is Tomorrow.

In  Jerwood Space itself  is Semiconductor’s scaled-down model of the tower and projected on the walls instead of maps and graphs and figures you find beautiful visual representations of the data. 

The inaugural Jerwood Open Forest exhibition  presents new work from 5 short listed projects on display until February 23. It’s an initiative in the Jerwood Visual Arts  programme launched by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Forestry Commission England, with support from  the Arts Council England. It’s an open call to artists to contribute to a national conversation about how  to engage with the environment today.

Beautiful Science is opening on February 20th at the British Library www.bl.uk.
It shows how scientists use pictures as much as words and numbers to shape ideas. 

Thanks to Anjana Ahuja and Prospect magazine for that, 

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